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Amitav Ghosh Biography, Age, Wife, Children, Family, Caste, Wiki & More

Updated On : October 24, 2019

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Short Biography

Amitav Ghosh was born on 11-07-1956 in Kolkata in the state of West Bengal, India. He is an Indian American Author, Writer & Novelist.

Amitav Ghosh Complete Bio & Career

Amitav Ghosh studied at Dehra Dun, New Delhi, Alexandria and Oxford. He was awarded a doctorate from Oxford University. He has written for many publications including The Hindu, The New Yorker and Granta, and taught in universities in both India and the US. His first novel, The Circle of Reason, set in India and Africa and winner of the 1990 Prix Médicis Étranger, was published in 1986. Further novels are The Shadow Lines (1988); The Calcutta Chromosome (1996), about the search for a genetic strain which guarantees immortality and winner of the 1997 Arthur C Clarke Award for Best Science Fiction; The Glass Palace (2000), and The Hungry Tide (2004), a saga set in Calcutta and the Bay of Bengal.
His books of non-fiction include 3 collections of essays: Dancing in Cambodia and At Large in Burma (1998); The Imam and the Indian (2002), around his experience in Egypt in the early 1980s; and Incendiary Circumstances: A Chronicle of the Turmoil of Our Times (2005).
His recent novels form a trilogy: Sea of Poppies (2008), an epic saga set just before the Opium Wars, shortlisted for the 2008 Man Booker Prize for Fiction Prize; River of Smoke (2011), shortlisted for the 2011 Man Asia Literary Prize; and Flood of Fire (2015), which concludes the story. He has also published The Great Derangement (2016), a non-fiction book on climate change. In 2007 Amitav Ghosh was awarded the Padma Shri by the Indian Government, for his distinguished contribution to literature. In 2009, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.  In 2015 Ghosh was named a Ford Foundation Art of Change Fellow. 

Honours & Awards

Padma Shri Civilian Award 2007 Literature and Education

Amitav Ghosh Family, Relatives and Other Relations

He was born in a Bengali Hindu family. He is married to American writer Deborah Baker since 1990.

Life's Important Dates Of Amitav Ghosh

Body Measurements

Skin Colour Fair
Eye Colour Black
Hair Colour White

Personal Info

Home Town Kolkata
Nationality Indian
Religion Hindu
Address Kolkata, West Bengal, India
School The Doon School, Dehradun
College St. Stephen's College, Delhi
St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, Oxford
Qualification Post Graduation
Hobbies Reading and Writing Books
Marital Status Married
Debut First Novel - The Circle of Reason (1986)
Salary N/A
Net Worth N/A
Official Website


Favorite Color Black
Favorite Player Sourav Ganguly
Favorite Sport Cricket
Favorite Politician Pranab Mukherjee
Favorite Actress Sushmita Sen
Favorite Place Goa and New York
Favorite Food Fish Curry

Shocking / Interesting Facts & Secrets About Amitav Ghosh

  • He was conferred the 54th Jnanpith award in December 2018 and is the first Indian writer in English to have been chosen for this honour.
  • He received the lifetime achievement award at Tata Literature Live, the Mumbai LitFest in the year 2016.
  • He has penned down both fiction and non-fiction books.
  • He and his wife stayed at Rashtripati Bhavan in Delhi for 5 days in New Delhi.

Amitav Ghosh Age, Birthday Facts and Birthday Countdown

67 years, 10months, 16 days old age Amitav Ghosh will turn 68 on 11 July, 2024. Only 1 months, 13 days, 5 hours,1 minutes has left for his next birthday.

Birthdays Celebrated on Each Day of Week

Amitav Ghosh has celebrated the total number of 68 birthdays till date. See the analysis by days count and bar graph.

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